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Subject: Re: [ublas] New uBLAS maintainer
From: David Bellot (david.bellot_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-07-23 08:44:47

Hi Riccardo,

sorry for answer so late to you email. As it's now time for uBLAS to get a
new lifting, thanks to the new coming version of Boost, I was reading old
emails to gather all improvements.
I just realized you were saying that you have an efficient sparse_matrix
product. Well, of course we are interested. More than you can imagine.
If you can contribute code, that will be most welcome.

The current stage of uBLAS is the following: version 1.44 will come with a
new (beta) documentation in Doxygen, that's the big part of it and a new
improvements. It will be released next week but meanwhile it is accessible
from for the documentation and for
everything else (the documentation is also included in the source code).

Don't hesitate to send me code and contributions.
Many thanks and regards,
David Bellot

David Bellot, PhD
On Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 15:59, <rrossi_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> Hi David,
>           i just wanted to say that if you find it useful we have a
> sparse_matrix * sparse_matrix version that should be quite efficient.
> unfortunately it is not really in ublas format, as the ublas does not allow
> constructing a CSR matrix using the vectors of indices and the vector of
> data. Let me know if you need it.
> We also have some CUDA solver, which may be of interest. Once again it uses
> directly the three vectors of CSR, even if in our code we internally use
> ublas ...
> let me know if some of this could be of help
> greetings
> Riccardo
> On Sun 14/03/10 9:44 PM , David Bellot <david.bellot_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> Dear uBLAS users,
> recently Gunter Winkler asked for someone to take over the maintenance of
> the uBLAS library. As a fervent user of uBLAS and a strong believer in Open
> Source and Free Software, I decided to propose myself as the new duty man. I
> will therefore have the honor to be in charge of uBLAS and will do my best
> to make uBLAS reach its goals of versatility, performance and ease of use.
> Let me quickly introduce myself: my name is David Bellot, I hold a PhD in
> Computer Science and do research (currently in the finance world) on Machine
> Learning and probabilistic artificial intelligence, hence my strong interest
> in uBLAS.
> First of all, I want to say a big Thank You to Gunter for all the great
> work he did on uBLAS and a personal Thank You to help me getting on-board
> and starting my new duty as uBLAS maintainer.
> I would also like to talk about potential projects for the next versions of
> uBLAS. For that purpose, I hope everybody will be interested in bringing new
> ideas, wishes and even new pieces of code:
> (1) as you can imagine, in machine learning, one often needs to "randomly"
> access to sub-matrices. A good framework is already in place for
> matrix_view, I would like to extend it so that to make it as versatile as it
> is in other libraries or even Matlab.
> (2) after reading last week emails, I think we could provide basic
> implementations of a few standard algorithms like inversion, solvers, etc...
> (3) bindings are a hot topic. Let's be pragmatic: it's not supposed to be
> part of uBLAS but having a standard interface would add a strong value to
> uBLAS. And, I am like others, I want to play with my brand new nVidia card.
> (4) another hot topic which is a recurrent complain about uBLAS: the
> product of 2 matrices. Do we want prod(A,B) or A*B. Let's think about it
> because other libraries implemented A*B in a very efficient manner too.
> (5) Bindings for big libraries are also important and subject to
> discussion. I think we have to work more on the interface between all
> standard libraries when it is needed because, at the end of the day, people
> also want to use uBLAS to make computations with existing standard and not
> just write brand new algorithms.
> (6) I will join Gunter in his effort to provide new documentation, covering
> more topics, with tutorial and advanced topics. uBLAS is a great library and
> a good documentation is of primary interest. That is one of the most
> important topic for me (yes, way more than prod(A,B) versus A*B)
> Please everybody contribute with your own ideas and desiderata.
> Let's work and make uBLAS simply the best.
> With my Best Regards,
> David Bellot
> --
> David Bellot, PhD
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